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5. What is the strangest place/city/country you’ve encountered a fellow Packers fan? Any cool stories from that experience?

Ryan from Milwaukee, WI

While I was in Paris last year to see the Bucks play, my friends and I went to a Packers bar there. It was cool to run into other Wisconsinites thousands of miles from home. The bar had a guest book we all could sign, and one of the notable entries was from none other than Aaron Rodgers.

Michelle from Oceanside, CA

My husband is in the Marine Corps. and our family has been all over the world throughout his career. Wherever we have gone, no matter how far away, we have encountered Packers fans. Taking a hike in Germany? There’s a German Packers fan out hiking, too. Going to your kids’ karate lessons in Sri Lanka? Their Master is a Packers fan. Buying fresh-caught shrimp at a market in Benin? I didn’t need to try to translate “Packers!” when the seller saw the shirt I was wearing. We’re everywhere.

Tom from Indianapolis, IN

Well, it’s more like the opposite of encountering another fan, but when I was hiking along the Italian coast between the villages Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza in June 2010, my Packers shorts elicited a “Packers suck!” from a traveler heading the other direction. I’m sure he remembered that moment the following February when the Packers did not, in fact, suck.

James from Chicago, IL

In 2007, prior to leaving for our European honeymoon, my wife forbade me from wearing Packers (or any other) logos in Europe. Roughly 12 minutes into our first full day in Germany, at Oktoberfest in Munich, we run into a guy wearing a Brett Favre jersey. I looked at my wife and she said, “He’s got a nicer wife than you do.”

John from Belleview, FL

My wife and I were at Disney World, taking a water taxi from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios. Three other couples were on board, and I noticed one lady wearing a pink cap with No. 36 on it. “Leroy Butler?” I asked. Yes, came the reply we’re from Wisconsin. I told her we were originally from Wisconsin, too. The third couple piped up, “We’re from Wisconsin, too!” Then, the fourth couple, “Us, too!” It’s a small world after all! (Sorry).

Justin from Ivins, UT

In 2019, I had six friends fly into Vegas from Dallas. They stayed with us and we hit up Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. The day we hit the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon and encountered about two dozen strangers wearing Packers gear. My very diehard Cowboys fan friends thought it was some sort of conspiracy. I loved every second of it.

DB from Wausau, WI

Regarding the strangest place I encountered a Packers fan, I stood up in a wedding in Jamaica. The bartender at the resort immediately recognized we were from Wisconsin (go figure) and asked if we would like his personalized Packers cocktail. He mixed up some blue and orange stuff and I thought, this guy has no clue who the Packers are. Then, to my amazement, added the shaved ice, gave it a swirl, and it turned into a beautiful green and gold! It was also delicious, in case you were wondering.

Reed from Kansas City, MO

I was visiting the Terracotta Warrior Museum in Xi’an, and I had a Packers cap on. As I was walking around Pit No. 1, someone coming in the opposite direction looked me in the eye and said, “Go Pack!” He was visiting from Germany, and we connected in China.

Dean from Sandusky, OH

While vacationing in Aruba, there was a sports bar by our resort. I stopped in to ensure they would be playing the Packers game on the following Sunday and was delighted to learn I stumbled into the Aruba Packers Backers bar. I met lots of interesting people that Sunday including a guy from Wisconsin who moved to Aruba and started a brat hut on the beach. Nothing better than a warm brat on a 90-degree beach, right? The brats were delicious, though.

Steve from Middletown, KY

I had an encounter with another Packers fan. Last year, while hiking on top of a mountain, in Gatlinsburg, Tenn., during the pandemic. Cool part, the other hiker was headed in the opposite direction and as we passed each other we just smiled and gave a fist bump. The even cooler part, we both had on the same T-shirt.

Dave from Buffalo, MN

The strangest place I encountered fellow Packers fans was when I visited the country of Gibraltar. I was near the top of the rock by the Barbary Macaques ape sanctuary and wearing a Packers pullover with the “100 Seasons” logo when someone yelled out, “Go Pack Go!” It was a couple from La Crosse, WI. We were all startled when one of the monkeys jumped onto my shoulder and as he leaned over to peer at the logo trying to distract us, he swiped a banana from my backpack. A cool Packers experience!

Bob from Riverside, CA

A cool experience was on our 35th anniversary road trip when we stayed in a bed and breakfast in Ouray, CO. One morning I came to breakfast wearing a Packers shirt and the B&B owners said, “You’re Packers fans, too!” They ran upstairs and put on their Packers gear and we got a picture of the four of us. All over the West Coast, wearing my usual Packers gear, I run into Packers fans and we say, “Go Pack Go!”

Darren from New York City, NY

In October 2018, while visiting some family in Middle Georgia, we went to the Georgia National Fair. I was the odd number in my party, so I was stuck riding next to a random person on the infamous Zipper. As we were beginning to flip over, he noticed my Packers watch and asked if I was fan. I responded I was. It turned out he was far-removed family member of Kenny Clark. We had a conversation afterwards followed by brats (of course). The coolest and most random Packers fan interaction ever.

Donna from New Auburn, WI

Every year we take our family on a vacation, usually to some warm Caribbean Island. We call it our FFF (Forced Family Fun) vacation. In 2008, we were in Tobago. While driving through the island, we came upon a town named ” Lambeau.” Of course, we were wearing our Packers gear and ran into many local Packer fans. They even have a football (soccer) field called Lambeau Field.

Susie from Green Bay, WI

While vacationing at a ranch on the North Platte River in Wyoming, the lady saddling my horse noticed my Packers baseball cap and said she was a Packers fan. She grew up and lives in California and learned about football from a friend’s dad that had moved from Wisconsin. We chatted a lot and at the end of the week I invited her to GB for a game. She came with her brother and sister and we had great time.

Steve from Algoma, WI

Six years ago, we took the kids on a cruise to Alaska. While in Juneau, we did a day trip to the Mendenhall glacier. Our helicopter flew us over the startling blue expanse of ice, and as we began to descend, we saw a tiny orange speck that slowly grew to become a huge tent that housed the glacier guides. As the chopper set down and the blades began to slow a figure emerged, crouched against the wind: bright red jumpsuit and Packers stocking cap. Turns out our “Alaskan” guide was from Manitowoc!

Jason from Woodbury, MN

In 2012, my family and I took a trip to visit my side of the family in China and, of course, had to tour the Wall while we were in the country. As I was standing on the Wall, wearing my Aaron Rodgers jersey and contemplating the general smallness of mankind, I heard “Go Pack Go!” from behind me. Ron and his family, who were from Eau Claire, kindly gave me a standing invitation to crack open a cold one with them whenever I was in their neck of the woods. We have cracked open many cold ones since!

Bill from Savannah, GA

My wife and I stopped for dinner at a random burger and ice cream place in Summerville, SC, while on our way back home to Savannah after visiting family in WI. While waiting in line to place my order, the woman in front of me noticed my Packers T-shirt and turned to her husband. “Oh no, there’s another one.” He turned around, gives me a high five, and rolls up his sleeve to show me the helmet tattoo on his bicep. The kid behind the counter asked how often that happens. “More than you’d think.”

Frank from Wake Forest, NC

The strangest place I’ve met a Packers fan, was in Prague in 1990. I was touring the city, wearing a Packers T-shirt, when a guy walks up and says, “Go Pack Go!” He was from Germany and loved the Packers….


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